Barcelona, ​​epicenter of change

Barcelona, ​​epicenter of change

By Esther Vivas

If for a long time we had to hear from different types of social gathering accuse 15M of being radical, anti-system and “perroflautic”, saying that “if you want to do politics, form a party”, as if politics were limited to doing partisan politics, without understand or not want to understand absolutely anything of what that indignant “popular uprising” meant; now, the worst nightmares of the establishment have come true.

The counter-hegemonic discourse raised at that time in multiple places, capable of drawing a new collective imaginary, which bluntly showed the link between economic crisis and political kidnapping and which connected, as never before, with a social majority hit by three long years of cuts Today it assaults the institutions, overflowing the limits of the possible that had been imposed on us.

It was not a question, as some "todoologists" used to say, to standardize the heterogeneity of the movement in a single party, and to do more of the same, but to raise new political instruments, methodologies, confluences, processes that would allow transferring that indignation from the street to the institutions.

Convert the social majority hit by the crisis into a political majority. Without forgetting that any process of real change will come from collective awareness, popular self-organization and sustained mobilization. In short, to occupy the institutions, as previously the places had been occupied, to put them at the service of "nobody". And that is what has been done now.

The brilliant emergence of Podemos a year ago, in May 2014, unexpectedly obtaining 1.2 million votes and 5 MEPs in the European elections, was the best example. A roadmap previously proposed, in April 2013, by the Procés Constituent en Catalunya, promoted by the Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades and the economist Arcadi Oliveres, appealing to build a new political-social majority from below. A bet that Guanyem Barcelona and Now Madrid, despite the latter not winning by the minimum, have materialized like no one else in these elections. An experience that has spread to numerous municipalities and communities, with the emergence of new political forces, the result of social confluence, capable of reaching the most affected sectors, who have mobilized and voted on this occasion.

The results of this electoral contest break the schemes of politics as we have known it since the transition. The board is no longer a matter of two. And the entry of the "voiceless", the precarious, the evicted, the unemployed ..., ultimately, the "outsiders", at the head of the Barcelona city council shows that you can win and that anything is possible. It is time to put into practice that famous slogan of "command by obeying."

But, the path of change in capital letters will not be easy. The pressure of the establishment, from its economic lobbies to its media machinery, will not wait. The obstacles and disqualifications, surely, will be multiple. The responsibility, as well as the opportunity, is enormous.

Today, we live in a historic moment. Four years have passed since the squares shouted: "They don't represent us." After the political earthquake of these elections, a new slogan is imposed: "Yes they represent us." In Catalonia, the elections to Parliament are the next round. In Madrid, the Congress of Deputies to prepare. As Ada Colau said on this historic election night: "This is an unstoppable revolution."

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